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Andrew Young Video Series on Africa 

Andrew Young, a UCC minister and member of First Congregational UCC has just 
produced a series of videos on various stories of hope and promise across Africa, 
which will be broadcast on PBS over the coming months. Keep an eye open! 

Gwen Thomas, Victory Member, Appointed UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns 
Interim Executive 

Gwen Thomas, a member of Victory Church in Stone Mountain, has been appointed 
Interim Executive Director of the UCC Coalition. A candidate for licensed ministry in 
the UCC, Gwen is a TAP participant, and an active member of Victory Church. She 
also has been a consultant for ONA and LGBT issues in the Southeast Conference. 

Rodney Franklin, First Church Birmingham Receives Grant 

Rodney Franklin has been accepted into a Lilly Foundation funded program this 
summer at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. The program, which was 
promoted through the Leaders' Link, is intended to equip small church pastors for 
effective ministry. 

Retirement Celebration for Roy Bain Will Be Held March 21st 

The ministry of Roy Bain, who has served for nineteen years as pastor of Lanett 
Congregational Christian Church, will be celebrated at a reception on Sunday, March 
21st. All are invited to rejoice in this occasion and recognize Roy's leadership in the 
Conference and Association. The reception will be from 2:00-4:00pm (EST) at the 
church, 900 South 7th Avenue, Lanett, AL 36863. Roy has served as moderator of both 
the conference and association, has served on numerous boards and committees in 
both settings, and been an important voice in the national setting of the church through 
the years. He has served his entire ministry in the Southeast Conference. 

Long Time Pastor of Circular Congregational, Charleston, SC, Prepares to Retire 

Bert Keller, senior pastor of Circular Congregational UCC, Charleston, SC, has 
announced his retirement following a ministry of almost 40 years, effective June 2010. 
The church will be seeking an intentional interim minister as it prepares to undertake a 
search for a called pastor. 

Installations of Belvidere and Knoxville Pastors Rescheduled to March 

On January 31st Leslie Etheredge, was to be installed as associate pastor at Church of 
the Savior, UCC, Knoxville, TN, and Diantha Brown as pastor of First United Church of 
Christ, Belvidere, TN. Both installations were cancelled due to weather, and 
rescheduled. Leslie will be installed at 11 :00A (EST) on March 7th, and Diantha, at 
3:00P (CST) on March 14th, with Conference Minister Tim Downs preaching. 



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Stephanie Telleen chose to 
remember Mayflower 
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of Christ in her will when she 
passed away, leaving her 
half-million dollar estate to the 
church. Now the Oklahoma City 
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remember Telleen for her 
selflessness and generosity by 
funding two missions close to 
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